Do government flexible work plans go far enough for dads? Share your thoughts before 1 December

23 September 2021

Please note: an earlier version of this page said, incorrectly, that the consultation ended on 8 December. In fact it closes on 1 December!

The government’s new proposals around flexible working, launched this September – especially the plan to give people the right to request flexible working from day one in a job – are a step in the right direction.

They include making the right to request flexible working a day 1 right – currently employees need to have worked for an organisation for 26 weeks before being able to make such a request; and shortening the period employers have to respond to flexible working requests.

But the right to request flexible working is not the same as the right to work flexibly. Many flexible working requests are refused, often for reasons that are unclear or rely on the argument that flexible hours can’t be justified for ‘business reasons’. We also know that fathers are less likely to request flexible working arrangements – and, if they do, are more likely to have their requests refused.

We are part of the ‘Flex for All’ campaign, alongside the TUC, Pregnant Then Screwed, Mother Pukka and Young Women’s Trust. As part of this campaign, we are asking dads to make their voice heard in a government consultation that’s happening now (it finishes on 1 December – see more details below).

Let’s push for a better deal on flexible working

Please help us make sure dads’ voices are heard in the government’s consultation. Here’s a link to a survey we’ve created with the TUC and other Flex for All partners, to make it easier for you to do this. Just fill in the online form to feed in your views and experiences. You’ll find some ideas, facts and figures alongside the question boxes, to help you work out what you want to say. It shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Not sure?

If you’d like to hear more about the Flex for All campaign and why this consultation matters, join us for this online event at 7pm on 22 November: https://actionnetwork.org/events/flex-for-all-organising-call/.

And what next?

Join the Time with Dad campaign to stay up to date with our campaign for better support for fathers to take the time they need to care for, look after and support their children’s health, learning and development.

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